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Special schools and colleges

The Department for Education’s (DfE) list of approved independent special schools, non-maintained special schools and post 16 institution providers is known as Section 41. Independent special schools and colleges – GOV.UK (

Linkage College

Linkage College is one of the longest established specialist independent further education colleges in the country for young people with learning disabilities.

They offer a specialist learning experience to people aged 16 to 25 through a curriculum which provides learners with bespoke and flexible study programmes. They have seen Linkage learners with a varying degrees of learning disabilities, from mild to severe, achieve academically and personally in ways they and their families could only have previously dreamed of.

Check out this great local project. Linkage has teamed up with Tesco and a local homeless shelter to contribute to local people in need, while developing their skills in cookery with the help of our generous public.

“[Linkage] uses the surplus food to train the young people here and empower them. Then they create a meal and take it down the road to the local homeless shelter.”

What a great local project! Yum. Check out the video.

Humberston Park Special School

Humberston Park Special School provides Early Years Foundation Stage, primary, secondary and sixth-form provision for pupils with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties and disabilities.  The age range is 2-19 years.

 A child appropriately placed at Humberston Park Special School would have severe and longer lasting difficulties.  Their Therapeutic and Care needs have to be addressed by an Integrated approach alongside Educational Programmes.

The school is not affiliated with a particular religious denomination, parents can exercise the right to withdraw their child from all or part of any religious education sessions or collective acts of worship.

The Orchard School

The Orchard is a Special Educational Needs school based across three sites in Grimsby of North East Lincolnshire. The school supports learners aged 11-16 with a wide range of additional needs, including Cognition and Learning, Communication and Interaction, Social and Emotional Mental Health, and Sensory and Physical.  

Each of our sites is unique and we are, therefore, able to match a learner’s needs to the right location, environment, and facilities to ensure we lay the foundations for lifelong success. 

Through the expertise of staff, we develop relationships with learners, parents and stakeholders that allow us to provide strategies, support and opportunities to nurture and develop the whole learner. We celebrate the success of every learner’s progress made through our well planned and ambitious curriculum, that is personalised to meet every individual’s needs. 

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Best Futures

Best Futures provides life changing, personalised education for 5-11 year olds with social, emotional and communication needs.  

Best Futures is an independent school based in the quiet village of Aylesby, providing a specialised, holistic education that aims to nurture and develop children in a healthy and balanced manner.  

By promoting positive learning, they engage children in health and leisure activities guided by a dedicated team that provide intensive, specialist support and equip the children with skills and motivation for life.

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Cambridge Park Academy

Cambridge Park Academy provides cutting edge special education. Leading the field in diverse and personalised learning, holistic approaches and inclusive solutions.

Cambridge Park Academy, in partnership with home and the community, provides creative, inspiring experiences and high quality teaching and learning in a safe, supportive and caring environment. We enable our learners and community partners to aspire and achieve their full potential, respect and value themselves and celebrate achievements.


Learning4Life-Gy is a registered independent school which delivers high quality and structured education for young people aged 14-19.

We are an inclusive educational provider who support our learners to be ready for their next steps; respectful to one another, their community and others, and safe in their learning environment and everyday lives, as one of the special schools in Grimsby.

We aim to provide quality ‘stepping-stone’ education for young people with an EHCP. We will provide a caring and nurturing environment for all our students so that their learning journey is rewarding, inclusive and with a targeted direction.

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CPO Media

CPO Media offer alternative education routes for young students aged 11 to 16 who experience difficulty in mainstream education for many different reasons. They are able to support young people in achieving their potential in different subjects as well as their own personal goals.

As well as this, students learn different media skills while also contributing to content for VOXX magazine, a project delivered by CPO for young people. This is a unique aspect of what we offer that they would not get in any other education setting for their age group.

CPO media current educational offer incudes:

  • Art
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Photo Editing
  • English
  • ICT
  • Maths
  • Media
  • P.E.
  • Personal & Social Development

Primary resource bases

The Local Authority directly commissions two primary resource based provisions at both Western Primary School (Broadening Horizons) and Eastfield Primary Academy (Myspace).

Both settings work proactively with schools to support student who are at risk of exclusion from their mainstream settings, students attend the provisions for time specific periods whilst they get intensive support to overcome any barriers to learning. Students are given holistic intervention to enable to transition back into mainstream settings and which enables future education progression.

You can visit the Western Resource Based Provision (Broadening Horizons) and Eastfield Primary Academy (Myspace) websites for more information and contact details.

Schools in North East Lincolnshire

For details of all schools in North East Lincolnshire go to Find schools in my area.

Independent special schools and colleges

Independent schools for pupils with special educational needs across the UK can be found on GOV.UK – Independent special schools and colleges.

Special education providers outside of North East Lincolnshire

Mainstream schools in Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire that support some of our students in receipt of an EHCP